Stephen Stills recovers from cancer surgery: wife

Fri Jan 4, 2008 5:44pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Singer and songwriter Stephen Stills, best known as one-third of rock trio Crosby, Stills and Nash, has undergone successful surgery for prostate cancer and is recovering well, his wife said.

"Stephen's procedure went remarkably well and he couldn't be better," Kristen Stills said in a statement late on Thursday. "He will be home by noon (Friday), and the pain will be minimal."

Stills, who turned 63 on Thursday, had been diagnosed with prostate cancer late last year, and bandmate Graham Nash disclosed his condition in a December interview with television talk show host Larry King.

At the time, Nash said early diagnosis of the disease had potentially saved Stills' life.

Crosby, Stills and Nash comprised one of rock music's biggest acts and embodied Woodstock-era folk-rock sensibilities of peace, love and music. They were known for hits including "Teach Your Children," "Woodstock," and "Marrakesh Express."

For a time, the trio was joined by Neil Young, with whom Stills worked in the mid-1960s in the band Buffalo Springfield.

A documentary feature film of the 2006 "Freedom of Speech" concert tour by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, called "CSNY/Deja Vu" will be shown later this month at the Sundance Film Festival, and Still remains scheduled to attend.

Stills also plans a North American solo tour this spring in support of his recently released album, "Just Roll Tape," according to Kristen Stills' statement.


<p>Musician Stephen Stills performs during the 22nd annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York March 12, 2007. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>